30 Days of Perfect Pancake Recipes for Breakfast or Brunch

Strawberry Pancakes
Armando Rafael

Batter up! Whether you like them for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner, there's no denying that pancakes are a perfect food. Their fluffy interior, soft, golden brown exterior, and ability to absorb a large drizzle of maple syrup and pat of butter makes them absolutely irresistible.

Our collection of pancake recipes offer something new for every day of the week. Try them plain or with chocolate chips. Make them with all-purpose, buckwheat, or brown-rice flour. Whip up one giant Dutch baby pancake instead of individual flapjacks. The possibilities are truly endless, but our 30 favorite pancake recipes should guide you through many delicious mornings ahead.

Start with our most popular rendition: Basic Pancakes. This no-fuss, foolproof method is truly as straightforward as using a boxed mix, but the results really are so much better. Looking for just a slight upgrade to this classic? Our Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes uses—you guessed it!—buttermilk for a rich, moist batter, plus lemon juice, which complements the tanginess of the buttermilk and offsets the sweetness of toppings like maple syrup and whipped cream. Both are go-to recipes for our food team.

Of course, not all pancakes have to be sweet. Make our Cheddar-and-Scallion Savory Pancakes for anyone who doesn't have a sweet tooth at 8 a.m. Ricotta-Cornmeal Pancakes are a light and bright alternative to sugary fillings, and the ricotta cheese keeps the dish extremely fluffy. Top with warm honey and segmented oranges for a flavorful finish.

If you're hosting guests but want to serve them something low-key and delicious, consider our many different Dutch baby pancake recipes. Our Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby, which puffs up and becomes golden-brown as it bakes in a cast-iron skillet, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Start your morning—or end your day—on the right foot with these MVP pancake recipes.

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Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake

Ryan Liebe

Instead of flipping flapjacks to order, why not bake them all in one go in the oven? The cast-iron skillet makes for a pretty presentation, and you don't have to spend any time at the stove.

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Applesauce Pancakes

Marcus Nilsson

Homemade pink applesauce and sour cream are layered between fluffy pancakes in this eye-catching stack.

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Basic Pancakes

easy basic pancakes
Diana Chistruga

Our go-to, easiest, most popular, back pocket pancake recipe. When you want to upgrade from the boxed mix, this is the answer. Need we say more?

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Cheddar-and-Scallion Savory Pancakes

savory cheddar scallion pancakes bacon
Armando Rafael

Sharp white cheddar and scallions keep these buttermilk pancakes firmly on the savory side. Trade syrup for tangy Greek yogurt and crispy bacon.

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Peanut Butter-Stuffed Pancakes

peanut butter and berries pancakes
Armando Rafael

Your brunch guests will adore cutting into the crunchy peanut butter center of these hearty pancakes. The trick is to freeze the peanut butter into disks before sandwiching between the batter.

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Cloud Pancakes

Lennart Weibull

Egg whites are the secret to the airy, featherlight texture of these pancakes. Bonus: Everyone will love the combination of bright lemon and crunchy poppy seeds.

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Kimchi Pancake with Shrimp

kimchi pancake
Bryan Gardner

A mix of all-purpose flour, rice flour, cornstarch, and baking powder is the key to the crisp texture of these savory Korean-style pancakes. You can switch out the shrimp for pork belly or even bacon, but the kimchi is essential.

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Ricotta-Cornmeal Pancakes

ricotta-cornmeal pancakes with oranges
Armando Rafael

Fresh ricotta and fine yellow cornmeal are teamed with buttermilk and orange zest and juice in these sunny, pleasantly toothsome breakfast cakes. They're finished with more ricotta, supremed orange slices, and warm honey.

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Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby

Stephen Kent Johnson

A cross between a pancake and a popover, a Dutch baby is easy to make (hello, one pan!) and fun to eat. Apples cooked in brown butter amp up the batter here, and the whole thing is finished with cardamom sugar and sour cream.

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Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

gluten free buttermilk pancakes on white plate at breakfast
Bryan Gardner

The magic behind these flapjacks is a combination of brown rice flour, potato starch, and xantham gum—no gluten in sight! The result is just as rich and delicious as any good pancake.

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Buckwheat Pancakes

buckwheat pancakes
John Dolan

On its own, buckwheat is a little too hearty and nutty for a basic pancake recipe. But when paired with all-purpose flour, it becomes a totally different, totally delicious story.

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Jonathan Lovekin

Studded with blueberries and brightened with lemon zest, these crowd-pleasing pancakes deserve a permanent spot on your brunch rotation. The secret to preventing blueberries from sinking in pancake batter? Toss them with flour first.

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Swedish Pancakes

Alpha Smoot

Thin and delicate, Swedish pancakes are more like French crepes than American flapjacks. Fresh raspberries and a sprinkling of powdered sugar are the perfect final flourish.

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Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes

buttermilk pancakes
Armando Rafael

Not overmixing the batter is just one of the test kitchen's cardinal rules for making these definitive pancakes.

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Silver Dollar Pancakes


Mini pancakes make a delicious canvas for maple syrup, but they can also do so much more. They lend themselves well to just about any sweet or savory topping: Gruyere cheese and ham; sour cream, smoked salmon, and chives; cream cheese and fruit preserves—the spin-off possibilities are endless!

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Bacon Pancakes


Bacon takes center stage in this sweet-and-savory breakfast—the batter is cooked in bacon fat, and each pancake is topped with a bacon slice.

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Apple-Buckwheat Pancakes

apple-buckwheat pancakes
Armando Rafael

Thin slices of sweet apple are the perfect partner for buckwheat flour in this satisfying stack.

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Chestnut and Almond Pancakes with Sautéed Plums

Marcus Nilsson

Three alternative flours—brown rice, chestnut, and almond—keep these hearty pancakes gluten-free. Chia seeds and almond milk make them even better for you, while juicy plums cooked with vanilla, cardamom, and maple syrup serve as the perfect final flourish.

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Zucchini-Parmesan Pancakes

Romulo Yanes

Fresh parsley and dill, Parmesan, and lemon juice give these zucchini-and-potato pancakes a lift. Serve with sour cream for dinner or fried eggs for breakfast.

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Pecan Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote


Whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, and yogurt add heft and up the health factor in these pecan-studded hotcakes. Berries simmered with honey and lemon zest stand in beautifully for maple syrup here.

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Banana-Oat Pancakes

Bryan Gardner

Gluten-free and vegan, these pancakes rely on flaxmeal and oat flour for their wholesome flavor and stay moist thanks to the addition of banana, almond milk, and orange juice.

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Hazelnut Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce


Roasted hazelnut meal gives these breakfast cakes a unique buttery flavor that pairs well with the sweet-tart homemade raspberry sauce. Trust us, you won't miss the syrup.

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Potato Pancakes


It's all about the humble russet potato in these simple four-ingredient latkes. Dollops of sour cream and snipped chives really let them shine.

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Chocolate-Pecan Pancakes


Chocolate is the star here: cocoa powder and chocolate chips go in the batter, and the finished pancakes are drizzled with hot fudge. They make a decadent breakfast or a surprising (but sensational!) dessert.

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Vegan Whole-Wheat Pancakes

Mike Krautter

No butter or eggs here! Soy milk and safflower oil do the heavy lifting, while a couple tablespoons of turbinado sugar add just the right amount of sweetness.

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Silver-Dollar Pancake Sundaes with Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce


In this fabulous breakfast-dessert mash-up, a short stack of mini flapjacks is topped with a scoop of pistachio ice cream and warm Nutella thinned with a little milk.

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Cinnamon-Oat Pancakes


Torn between oatmeal and pancakes for breakfast? Put your hands together! Not only do rolled oats make your stack more substantial, but they also impart a wonderful nutty flavor.

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Harvest Vegetable Pancake with Greens and Goat Cheese

John Kernick

An ordinary potato pancake is amped up with earthy grated beets and carrots and canned chickpeas, then topped with salad greens and fresh goat cheese for a stunning protein-packed supper.

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Chocolate Dutch Baby

Con Poulos

Blur the lines between breakfast and dessert by serving this soufflé-like chocolate Dutch baby. The fuss-free batter comes together in mere minutes in the blender.

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Heart Pancakes

Lisa Hubbard

Why not use pancake batter to tell your loved ones how you feel? Piping it into heart shapes makes for a truly festive breakfast.

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